Florida’s August 28 primary election is now less than three months away and things are heating up on the campaign trail for candidates in the Republican and Democratic races for the governor’s office. Democratic candidates including former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham, former Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, Orlando businessman Chris King and Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine faced off in their third debate on Monday. Billionaire and Palm Beach County real estate tycoon Jeff Greene officially filed paper work in early June to run for Governor as a Democrat as well. Despite Greene’s late entry and his absence from the debate stage so far, his substantial wealth has the potential to shake up the primary. Greene spent $30 million of his own money back in 2010 in a failed U.S. Senate bid.
Maintaining Florida’s water supply, while balancing the growing needs of residents, farmers, tourists and businesses, is a priority for the candidates seeking to replace Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam.
Democrats and gun-control advocates took aim Friday at Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam after the Tampa Bay Times reported that a former employee of Putnam’s agency failed for more than a year to conduct national background checks on applications for concealed weapons licenses.
Former Tallahassee City Manager Rick Fernandez is being charged with violating state ethics laws. Fernandez was fired after it was revealed he accepted Florida State University football tickets as a gift.